Italy’s Elia Viviani was too fast for any of the other top speedsters in a classic 70kph (44mph) bunch sprint at the end of the fourth stage of the Tour de France in Nancy on Tuesday.
The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider won the dash for the line after he was led out by teammate Julian Alaphilippe, the overall race leader and first Frenchman to don the leader’s yellow jersey in five years.
Viviani edged Alexander Kristoff and Caleb Ewan who were second and third on a 1.5km home straight with all the top sprinters and their lead-off trains, were active over a nervy finale.
Tour de France 2019: Stage 5
We’re in the hills! Well, sort of. It’s a shorter stage with four categorised climbs, but despite their imposing look on the stage profile, they’re only category two climbs. But it’s how it’s all set up that could make for an interesting day of racing. Climbs galore will lead to the flatter finish, but it’s a perfect day for attacking.
Profile: The climbing goes up a notch on day five into Colmar.
We haven’t got a clue. Seriously. It’s been that kind of a tour. People far more informed that us reckons it’s a good day for guys like Thomas De Gendt while the guy we’ve been mentioning since the race started – Peter Sagan – and Greg Van Avermaet could also be in with a shot.
How to watch and start time
The action will be live on SuperSport 5 from 12:00 and should finish at around 17:30. If you don’t have a Dstv subscription, you can follow Le Tour’s YouTube channel for all the highlights.
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